Located southeast from Cusco, the Vilcanota range is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Peru. Mount Ausangate (6385 m / 20943 ft) is the highest peak in this area and the local Indigenous people consider it as an Apu (a sacred mountain). We will have the opportunity to encounter small indigenous villages and friendly local people dressed in their full traditional garments.
Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui village (3800 m / 12464 ft) – Upis Camp (4380 m / 14366 ft)
From Cusco, at about 8 a.m. starts our 3-hour drive on paved road and after passing several small towns and villages we will arrive to the little village of Tinqui from where another 20-minute drive, takes us to the point where we meet our muleteers and while they will prepare the heavy loads to be carried by our horses, we enjoy a delicious lunch. Then we start our trekking along the trail which crosses through colorful farming areas as we head to the valley of Upis where we will set our first camp at 4380 meters above sea level. This beautiful spot is located right under the magnificent North-West face of Mount Ausangate. Here we also find some hot water springs where we can enjoy a nice soak. Lunch and dinner included.
Trekking time: 3 to 4 hours
Day 2: Upis – Pucacocha Lagoons – Ausangate Cocha Camp (4500 m / 14760 ft)
After an early awake up and breakfast, we start our morning trek going up to cross the high point known as Arapa pass (4700 m/ 15416 ft). From here, we make a descend to the low valleys surrounding the west side of Mount Ausangate, and passing the green lake of Uchuy Pucacocha we reach the turquoise lake Jatun Pucacocha. On our right, we can observe the Sorimani and Tacusiri rocky peaks. From here we make a slow ascend to the second-high pass of the day and known as Ausangate Apacheta pass (4900 m / 16072 ft). From the summit of the pass we enjoy stunning views of the west glaciers of Mt. Ausangate and below the Ausangate Cocha lagoon which is fed from the melting snow of these glaciers. We descend to our next Ausangate Cocha camp located at 4500 m / 14760 ft. Breakfast, Lunch Box and dinner included.
Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours
Day 3: Ausangate Cocha – Palomani Pass (5200 m / 17056 ft) – Sorapata Camp (4480 m / 14694 ft)
Today’s trek will take us up to the next high pass, the Palomani Pass at 5200 m / 17056 ft, which is the highest point we will reach during our entire trek. After 2 hours of steady hike up, we will reach the summit of the pass from where we will enjoy wonderful views over the south-west glaciers of Mt. Ausangate, the summit and glaciers of the beautiful Mount Santa Catalina (5808 m / 19024 ft) and the rocky peaks of Mt. Sorimani and Mt. Tacusiri. During the descend to the Machurakay valley, we will meet charming llamas and alpacas pastoring on the highlands of the area. Then we continue our trek to the settlement known as hacienda Uchuy Finaya and from here we continue our hike until we reach our camp at Sorapata (known also as Wanu Wanu camp) located in a flat valley of the south-east side of the Ausangate massif and from where we can enjoy towards northeast, beautiful views of the Nevados Acero (6093 m) and Japu Japu (6093 m). Breakfast, Lunch Box and dinner included.
Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours
Day 4: Sorapata (Wanu Wanu) – Jhampa Pass (5050 m / 16564 ft) – Minaparayoc Camp (4700 m / 15580 ft)
After a hearty breakfast, we start our today’s trek heading first northeast in a relative flat valley while enjoying the views of Nevados Acero and Japu Japu. Then we start a slow ascend northwest until we reach the highest point of the place known as Jhampa pass. At the right, we can enjoy exciting views of the steep peaks known as Puca Punta and Jatun Punta with their glaciers hanging down to the narrow valley located at our feet. From the pass, we descend to our last camp at the place known as Minaparayoc. Breakfast, lunch box and dinner included.
Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours
This day in the evening after dinner, an Indigenous “Shaman” of the area will offer the ceremony known as “Pago a La Pachamama” (Offer to Mother Earth). This is a very nice and interesting spiritual ceremony offered to the Mother Earth.
Day 5: Minaparayoc – Pacchanta - Cusco
In the morning, we enjoy our last breakfast, and afterwards we start descending towards Pacchanta village (4100 m / 13448 m). On the way, we shall visit the small lagoons known a Uturungucocha Macho and Uturungucocha Hembra. These two beautiful lagoons are considered by the locals sacred places and frequently they are visited for the ceremony known as “pagos” to receive the spiritual and material benefits of these lagoons. After this, we continue descending until we finally arrive to Pacchanta where we find hot water springs at 4400 m. Here we will have lunch and meet our transport which will take us back to the City of Cusco where we transfer you to the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch Box included.
Trekking time: 3 hours
All transfers; professional English/Spanish speaking guide, noted meals (B=breakfast; L= lunch; D= dinner), complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, and kitchen tent), complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, horses, horse keepers, first aid kit, entrance fee.
Extras, tips, personal travel insurance.
During the trek, baggage weight allowance per passenger is 5 kgs (this to be carried by our horses).
Departures are guaranteed with minimum 8 participants.